The Goods: Buried by Burrows

Friday, 24.02.2012 / 3:30 AM / Features
By Derek Jory
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The Goods: Buried by Burrows
VANCOUVER CANUCKS
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DETROIT RED WINGS
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Make that 23-0-1.

In the conclusion of the season series between a pair of Western Conference heavyweights, the Vancouver Canucks beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 in a shootout to end Detroit’s NHL-record home winning streak.

A few days ago Roberto Luongo said he and the Canucks were hoping they’d get a shot at breaking the Red Wings' record; Vancouver’s goaltender said his team would step up to the plate and he wasn’t lying.

The Canucks never led until Alex Burrows scored the lone goal in the shootout and Vancouver trailed by a goal on three separate occasions.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Trailing 3-2 with 15.4 seconds left on the clock, Daniel Sedin scored to tie the game and force overtime and eventually a shootout.

Vancouver and Detroit came into the game separated by two points sitting first and second so the fact that this game came down to the final shooter in the one-on-one battle shouldn’t surprise anyone.

Daniel Sedin had two goals for the Canucks, Cody Hodgson the other, and every forward had at least a shot (only Dan Hamhuis and Chris Tanev didn’t record a shot overall). Darren Helm, Kyle Quincey and Justin Abdelkader replied for the Red Wings.

Although the Canucks remain a point behind the Red Wings for first overall in the NHL, this road win is a fairly decent consolation prize.

“It was a fun game, we wanted a shot to beat these guys and we finally got it and we wanted to prove that we could beat them on the road,” said Daniel Sedin, who now has 28 goals on the season. “No team has been able to do that in the last 20-something games, so it was a good effort from us.”

Early on in this one it was all Canucks to the tune of 17-5 in terms of shots, but the Red Wings held a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Vancouver had the only goal of the second period, its first in 49 shots against Jimmy Howard over two games in Detroit this season, to lock the game up at 1-1 through two periods.

The third period wasn’t for the faint of heart with the teams trading two goals each, the final goal scored with Luongo on the bench for the extra attacker.

Henrik Sedin set up shop behind the Red Wings net and Daniel Sedin found a hole just inside the blueline before he blew a shot past Howard that the netminder is still searching for.

“They play five guys down low, so the blueline was open and he was able to find me,” said Daniel. “Good pass and good screen in front by Burr.”

Your shot was alright too, Daniel.

Luongo finished with 33 saves in the win, four of which came during a span of 30 seconds at the end of the second period. Detroit literally threw everything at the net and after
two shots Luongo didn’t have a stick, but he stood tall to make another two saves. He got some help from his left post on the final Red Wings shot of the frame.

“I was just trying not to throw up there,” joked Luongo. “It was a tough few minutes, there was a lot of activity around the net, I just tried to stay as big as possible and the boys were doing a good job of making sure they had got a hold of sticks in front of the net and no rebounds and stuff like that.”

This was the final of four regular season meetings between Vancouver and Detroit and regular season is the key word there.

A post-season matchup could be in the cards and wouldn’t that be incredible.

“I think it’s important that we were able to win here, that’s good for us if ever we meet them down the road,” said Luongo, in regards to a possible playoff date.

“At the same time there’s no shootouts in the playoffs. For some reason or another, every time we face these guys they’re real exciting games.”

The Canucks are in New Jersey to face the Devils Friday night; the Devils are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games, same as the Canucks.

BOOTH COMES HOME

David Booth had a chance to play hero and he came up short.

Tough to blame him, he had a pair of Red Wings baring down on him and the play happened so quickly he just tried to get a shot on net during a breakaway with less than two minutes to play in regulation.

He was up again as the first Vancouver shooter in the shootout, but he couldn’t find the back of the net.

Thankfully the Canucks pulled through and his 60-plus family and friends in attendance for his first career game at Joe Louis Arena left ecstatic.

“It was something I’ve been looking forward to for a while and I’m glad we got the win, I think that was the most important part, but just playing in the town I grew up in is pretty special,” said Booth.

Mom and dad, aunts, uncles, childhood friends, college friends, you name it, they were there, Booth even had a Green Man on his side with his younger brother Joel donning a green leotard for the game.

Canucks.com will have the exclusive Third Green Man story on Friday.

TRIVIAL PURSUIT

The answer is C: Alex Burrows.

The question: Who scored the game-winning goal for the Vancouver Canucks to snap the longest home winning streak in NHL history?

“I didn’t think about that, but it’s nice to see that we ended that streak,” laughed Burrows.

“That’s a really good streak, it’s remarkable to win that many games in a row on home ice and it’s a pretty good team over there.”

Just how good was Detroit’s 23 game home winning streak? Had the Red Wings taken down the Canucks, they would have moved into a tie with the 1919 Boston Red Sox and 1978 Pittsburgh Pirates for third longest in the history of North American professional sports.

Not far ahead are the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, who won 27 consecutive home games between 1971 and 1974. If only the Dolphins, or anyone for that matter, were more Like Mike, as the Chicago Bulls, led by His Airness Michael Jordan, won 37 straight games in Chicago during the 1995-96 season.

RULES OF THE PRESS BOX
If Stan Smyl asks you if you're playing Pacman on your computer, don't try to explain Twitter to him. Just say yes to playing Pacman.
Tweet of the Night - "@canucksgame Can't believe there are still no sea creatures on the ice. Still waiting with bated
breath..." - @Dolce_and_Namak. And oddly enough, none were thrown all night. Colour me shocked.
Tweet of the Night II - "@canucksgame Rule 1.1 When playing the top team in the NHL there is an exception the the "Lu" rule.
As many U's as possible are needed" - @bridgetaw, in reference to this: How to LUUUUUUUU.
Bobble Bert - It was Todd Bertuzzi Bobblehead Night at Joe Louis Arena, the same day the former
Canucks forward signed a two-year contract extension. And it was pure coincidence.
Nothing left... - This is where one more fact should go, but it's 3:20 a.m. EST and we just got to the hotel in NJ. My brain is fried.
So, my apologies, you only get three of Jory's Jewels tonight. I promise to make it up to you Friday night.